Michelin Guide trends: Indian and Filipino food, but make it San Diego

According to Michelin Guide inspectors, Indian restaurants and Filipino food are having a moment — here are some places to find those flavors in San Diego.

SD White Rice Bodega San Diego

White Rice Bodega on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.

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The Michelin Guide — the prestigious authority on standout restaurants around the world — looked at current food trends and determined that Filipino and Indian cuisine are having a moment.

In San Diego, those flavors have made their mark on our food scene. Here are a few local, casual spots to get your fix:

  • White Rice | 3586 Adams Ave., Ste. 100 + Liberty Public Market | National City native Chef Phillip Esteban has created a menu inspired by his childhood favorites — savory rice bowls or “silog” (garlic rice and egg).
  • Villa Manila | 500 E. Eighth St. | This National City restaurant focuses on sweet, sour, and spicy flavors inspired by the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Indian food from Dosa Studio in San Diego

Dosa Studio offers all kinds of snacks, plus Thali Night on Friday nights.

  • Royal India | 329 Market St. + Miramar and Del Mar | Find a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes including Chicken Tikka Masala, Punjabi Biryani, and Coco Vino Curry.
  • Dosa Studio | 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Ste. 113 | This fully vegetarian eatery offers dosas aplenty, plus all-you-can-eat Thali Night (think curry, daal, roti, and more) every Friday, 6-9:30 p.m.
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